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Casino revenue — We need a fair deal for all

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To the editor:

The Tiverton Casino Revenue is a major opportunity for Tiverton residents to put the town’s financial house in order after many years of poor fiscal management and bad decision making, resulting in a doubling of taxes in ten years and our town government living beyond our means. The casino financials are significant – Tiverton will receive $4 million annually of which approximately $1 million will be from taxes and fees, and $3 million guaranteed from gaming. This total represents approximately 10% of our tax levy – enough to provide significant tax relief for the weary property owners of Tiverton, and enough to begin to deal with financial issues in the town.

But now we hear that the establishment, some responsible for the past poor management of the town, want to “allocate” the gaming revenue away from the control of the taxpaying voter. They do not want to include that money into the general fund which allows you the taxpayer to decide on priorities by a town-wide vote in the Financial Town Referendum (FTR).

When do we as taxpayers say enough is enough? We have had too many back room deals (Lt. Panell is the latest) and pet project areas to let such a large financial amount of money be subject to the whims and fancies of our Town Council, department managers, and entrenched interest groups.

In letting the collective judgment of our Tiverton taxpaying voters decide how to spend this annual revenue all will have a say in how to best utilize this money for much needed tax relief, for our seniors, for our young couples eking out a living, and for our long-time residents. For the first time in a generation, Tiverton will have a revenue total which can satisfy our legitimate needs, and provide significant tax relief. Then maybe we can return to civil discussion between our neighbors, friends and associates who can stop fighting about the distribution of lean resources. Then maybe there will be no more leaking roofs, poorly maintained public buildings, pot holed roads, old vehicles, and excessive debt.

I urge you to vote for TTA supported candidates (Justin La Croix, Nancy Driggs, Jeffery Caron, Richard Rom, Robert Coulter, Raymond Fougere, Stephan Clarke, William Lopes, and Donna Cook). Each of them offers a unique perspective which forms a well-rounded and highly skilled slate. Each has taken a pledge to 1) Protect your FTR 2) Protect the Casino Revenue and 3) Update and Improve the Charter with the input of others. See their qualifications at http://tivertontaxpayersassociation.org/crc2017/.

Please look for the postcard insert in this week’s Sakonnet Times, and take it with you to the polls on July 18.

William F. Lopes

Candidate for Charter Review Commission.

Comments:

Joe Sousa

The People were told a vote for the Casino was a vote for tax relief. This Town Council needs to hear the public and get off their high horse. We didn’t elect you to steal our Tax Relief! FTR

These are the people you can trust, The FTR candidates. Copy the list for the polls,

Charter Review Commission 2017 Candidate

TTA PAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSED CANDIDATES

Justin W La Croix

Nancy L Driggs

Jeffrey E Caron

Richard A Rom

Robert D Coulter

Raymond D Fougere

Stephen T Clarke

William F Lopes

Donna J Cook

Avoid Tax And Spend Liberals Vote TTA

Mike DeCotis

Mr. Lopes,

Kudos to you for penning the first letter that is fair and makes sense. I agree with some of your points although we cannot give 100% of revenues to the General Fund. Our town needs to pay debt on bonds and desperately needs to improve its infrastructure but no doubt some of this casino revenue should be used to reduce the tax burden on residents from all ages and backgrounds. Good luck to you in the upcoming election. I do wish unendorsed non PAC candidates like myself had money to mail glossy mailers to residents and deliver them with people’s Sakonnet Times issues!

joe sousa

Mike thanks for showing your cards on the casino money issue. Shows you don’t deserve being elected.

Then you go on with I wish I had money for adds in the times. Those adds are paid for by people like me who donate to the TTA. Small contributions from many people in town. Learn how to organize and have a message people support, Tax and Spend won’t work.

Laura Rom

I agree with you Bill, all casino revenue should go into the general fund, allowing debt reduction, infrastructure improvements and tax relief to go through the FTR process , allowing the voters of Tiverton to decide how their money will be spent. Maybe the voters want to use all $3 million in casino revenue to improve the school system or they want to build an olympic swimming pool in town, or perhaps they want to use it all to pay down bond debt. The way to get all that done is to have the revenue go into the general fun, go through the FTR and give the options to the voters.

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